Yay!

Mon 21 Jul 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Liz Hand’s Generation Loss won one of the inaugural Shirley Jackson Awards!



Sun 20 Jul 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Amusing and impressing us:

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Sun 20 Jul 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Amusing and impressing us:

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Free story of the day

Thu 17 Jul 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

is from Ben Rosenbaum’s upcoming collection The Ant King. “The Valley of Giants” was originally published in Argosy and was reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 17.

Ben just posted his Worldcon schedule: if you’re going don’t miss the triple-threat launch party with Ben, Toby Buckell (Sly Mongoose), and Jay Lake (Escapement).



selling out

Wed 16 Jul 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Day of squibby twitter-esque posts.

While packing stuff for Readercon we seem to have discovered we’re all out of LCRW 18 and 20. Oops! So it’s been dropped from the website and so on. If we discover a box of either hidden in our amazing cardboard box sculpture garden (indoor, of course), we’ll put it back up.

Some parts of LCRW 18 are in The Best of LCRW and you can read Karen Joy Fowler’s “The Last Worders” from LCRW 20 either here or in the next Year’s Best. For the rest of that ish, if you don’t have it you’ll have to wait for the next Best of. Ha! So, don’t risk missing out: subscribe!



Art!

Wed 16 Jul 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

We just got the best, best, best series of drawings by email from a favorite comics artist. Will post some of them in a bit, but good lord, it is fantastically exciting.



Get The Homeless Moon

Wed 16 Jul 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Chapbook CoverHere’s a fun thing for Readercon: pick up your copy of Michael J. DeLuca et al.’s new chapbook, Homeless Moon, which these crazy kids will be giving away for free. Free. Don’t they know that no one has any money in this crap economy and they can’t afford books…. Oh yeah, free.

We have a couple of copies at the office and it’s pretty! If you aren’t going to the convention (and it’s apparently nearly sold out, so register if you are going), you can either download a free PDF of the chapboor or send them a buck for postage and get the book mailed to you. Can’t beat that.



we get around

Wed 16 Jul 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Wednesday John Kessel will be showing the kids a good time in New York City at the KGB Bar (can’t be there, boo!) with JoSelle Vanderhooft. Order a Baltika for us. Then John goes to Readercon outside Boston next weekend (more on that below), and on Tuesday the 22nd he (and David J. SuperSchwartz) read at Odyssey Books in South Hadley (near Northampton). He should be on the local radio, will link to it if and when.

That Readercon thing:

  1. We’re on some panels.
  2. So are you.
  3. We’ll have a table (and maybe a surprise) in the dealers room.
  4. So will you!
  5. We’ll have LCRW 22 (and some old ones, The Best of, etc.) as well as Dr. Kessel’s mighty collection—get it signed here!—as well as all the usual good stuff. We’ll have galley give aways and pre-ordering opportunities.
  6. One of them involve one of next year’s Guests of Honor. (Check the programming book!)
  7. Geoff Ryman will be reading from The King’s Last Song on Saturday at 3 PM. We will have galleys around to look at but the book won’t be on sale until September
  8. Benjamin Rosenbaum’s book hilariously ships on Tuesday July 22, just after the convention. Ha. Cough.
  9. See you at the Meet the Prose party.


byespace.com

Sat 12 Jul 2008 - Filed under: Uncategorized, | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

By Monday our moribund myspace page will be deleted and gone, yay! However, there have been threats of a facebook page appearing. oh well. next fadsite please.



Manana: The Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection of Children’s Illustration

Fri 11 Jul 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

There’s a reception for this new exhibition at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst tomorrow so off we’ll toodle on the horse and cart (um, car) to cheese it up in front of some beautiful art.

There’s supposed to be a catalog available from the exhibit, if so, will procure a copy poste haste. The Eric Carle has a fantastic book shop — tons of kids books, art, stuff, Eric Carle postcards (everyone needs a paper dragon), &c.

Of course we’ll go back with you when you visit!



if we were good at this

Fri 11 Jul 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: 21st Annual Collection Coverthere would be pictures of books received today (Greg Frost’s second Shadowbridge novel Lord Tophet &c.), hellos to Dear Aunt Gwenda up there in Vermont, loving meditations on the chocolate bars we are considering for the LCRW subscriptioneers, a link to the fantastic fundraiser Matt et al. have put together for the KGB Reading Series, daily calls to action on the Bush disaster (hello to all wireless tappers), and, wait, there was a reason for this….

Oh yea. We boomeranged the page proofs of the next Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (#21!) back to Jim Frenkel this morning and by the magic of the internets, it’s aready online! Wow and Yay!

This year Powell’s has the book listed under Kelly’s name, maybe Ellen and Gavin are invisible? Who knows? Who cares? ‘Tis done! And Thomas Canty’s cover is brighter than the last couple of years, so that’s cool. Um, recommendations for the 2008 edition always welcome!

Here’s the table of contents (as Ellen posted a while back) in alphabetical order — actual order and all the extra bits to be found in the book when it hits the bookshops this autumn:

“The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics” Daniel Abraham
“The Gray Boy’s Work” M.T. Anderson
“Troll” (poem) Nathalie Anderson
“The Monsters of Heaven” Nathan Ballingrud
“The Forest” Laird Barron
“Reversal of Fortune” Holly Black
“The House of Mechanical Pain” Chaz Brenchley
“The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” Ted Chiang
“Scenes of Hell” (poem) Billy Collins
“Toother” Terry Dowling
“The Drowned Life” Jeffrey Ford
“The Last Worders” Karen Joy Fowler
“Monkey” (poem) Eliza Griswold
“Up the Fire Road” Eileen Gunn
“Winter’s Wife” Elizabeth Hand
“A Perfect and Unmappable Grace” Jack Haringa
“The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change” Kij Johnson
“The Boulder” Lucy Kemnitzer
“The Hill” Tanith Lee
“The Ape Man” Alexander MacBride
“Lovers (Jafaar the Winged)” (poem) Khaled Mattawa
“Hum Drum” Gary McMahon
“A Thing Forbidden” Donald Mead
“England and Nowhere” Tim Nickels
“Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Go to War Again” Garth Nix
“Valentine, July Heat Wave” Joyce Carol Oates
“Mr. Poo Poo” Reggie Oliver
“Fragrant Goddess” Paul Park
“Holiday” M. Rickert
“Vampires in the Lemon Grove” Karen Russell
“Rats” Veronica Schanoes
“The Fiddler of Bayou Teche” Delia Sherman
“Village Smart” (poem) Maggie Smith
“The Tenth Muse” William Browning Spencer
“Follow Me Home” Sonya Taaffe
“The Swing” Don Tumasonis
“Closet Dreams” Lisa Tuttle
“The Seven Devils of Central California” Catherynne M. Valente
“Splitfoot” Paul Walther
“The Hide” Liz Williams



Episode 8: Chili Beer

Fri 11 Jul 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Michael

I admit I had to sweat to uncover any “literary” justification for the use of hot chile peppers in beer. I’m always on the lookout for something to top that fragment of Egyptian myth about beer-as-blood and the transformation of Hathor. Trouble is, belief in the mystical power of chiles originates with the Inca, who never bothered writing their myths down. So the best I can find in these latter days are third-hand retellings of the legendary founding of Cuzco, the Inca capital, by an ancestor god known as Ayar Uchu, Lord Chile, or vague hints that Inca priests forbade the use of chiles during funereal rites and initiations, doubtless out of fear that the warding power of chiles would prevent dead souls from reaching the next world.

None of which particularly deters me, the stubborn literary homebrewer, from doing as I darn well please. I like chiles. I like beer. Ipso facto.

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Thu 10 Jul 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 2 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Tomorrow: more literary beer (chili-style) from Michael. Later this year; a book that looks like fun: Red, White and Brew, some guy writes about visiting lots of breweries. Smart guy!

LCRW, out there fending for itself in the real world, paying those fuel surcharges and flying by zeppelin instead of by plane, gets the once over from SF Revu where various stories are named “fascinating” and “disturbing” and other strong words.

Tomorrow Museum is a fun blog.

A couple of interesting photographers, Yasuyuki Takagi and Patrick Lyn, came by to take pictures of Kelly for the Japanese edition of Esquire magazine. Huh!

Today (or, perhaps, yesterday) on Adventures in SciFi Publishing:

In our first Clarion special show, Kelly Link joins us to discuss workshops, MFA programs, writing short fiction, and more. Then Lou Anders of Pyr SF stops by to analyze the purpose of cover art.



Thu 10 Jul 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Tomorrow: more literary beer (chili-style) from Michael. Later this year; a book that looks like fun: Red, White and Brew, some guy writes about visiting lots of breweries. Smart guy!

LCRW, out there fending for itself in the real world, paying those fuel surcharges and flying by zeppelin instead of by plane, gets the once over from SF Revu where various stories are named “fascinating” and “disturbing” and other strong words.

Tomorrow Museum is a fun blog.

A couple of interesting photographers, Yasuyuki Takagi and Patrick Lyn, came by to take pictures of Kelly for the Japanese edition of Esquire magazine. Huh!

Today (or, perhaps, yesterday) on Adventures in SciFi Publishing:

In our first Clarion special show, Kelly Link joins us to discuss workshops, MFA programs, writing short fiction, and more. Then Lou Anders of Pyr SF stops by to analyze the purpose of cover art.



Wessells’s political art

Sat 5 Jul 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

http://www.avramdavidson.org/edition-fullsize.jpgEarlier this week Henry Wessells and wife took the space elevator up to our Independence Day Viewing Platform (best place to watch thousands of firework displays all at once) and showed us a thing of two about publishing books.

Wessells’s Temporary Culture puts out some of the most carefully and well-made books that we’ve seen in recent years—including (pictured) a hand bound edition of John Crowley’s Endless Things, which is one of the most beautiful (and surprising) books we own.

Henry’s next project is a book of etchings by Judith Clute to go with a poem by Joe Haldeman, “Forever Peace. To Stop War” (first published as “ Endangered Species ” in Vanishing Acts, edited by Ellen Datlow).

If you’re going to Readercon you can see the mock-up Henry knocked us over with. It’s just slightly out of our price range but you can acquire one if you get elected to state office in the US or the UK, so quick, go run for office:

Forever Peace. To Stop WarAfter publication of Forever Peace , a photocopy edition will be distributed to members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and of the House of Commons in London.

Forever Peace. To Stop War
Poem by Joe Haldeman
Nine Etchings by Judith Clute

11 x 14 inches, [4] pp. + 9 original etchings (each signed by the artist).
30 copies on fine paper, letterpress printed by David Wolfe, with aquatint etchings printed by the artist from the original plates (two with added color), numbered & signed by the artist in pencil, hand bound in patterned paper over boards.

Twenty five copies, numbered 1 to 25, signed by the artist and author ; and five copies lettered A – E. The lettered copies are reserved for the artist and author.

An advance copy will be available for preview at Readercon (July 2008).

Please note the above images are reduced in size from the original etchings.

ISBN : 0-976-46604-X / ISBN 13 : 978-0-976-4660-4-8

By subscription only : $1000 (includes shipment).

Inquiries and orders to:
Henry Wessells
P.O. Box 43072, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043-0072 USA
Electronym : [email protected]



Trying to give stuff away!

Tue 1 Jul 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

LCRW subscribers, if this is your ticket, email us! Or, maybe we should have taped the ticket to the zine? Or we will try again next week? Or, we will just pick someone at random off the subscription list!

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